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Cartagena

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Meet Cartagena

The breathtaking colonial city of Cartagena sits along the Colombian Caribbean coast, offering plenty of colorful buildings, culture, and activities galore.

Cartagena, Columbia is considered the queen of the Caribbean coast. With 13 kilometers of colonial stone walls, this historic and colorful city offers a contrast between the beautiful blue waters of the caribbean and the architecture of the colonial era. Founded in 1533, just over a million people call this incredible city home. It’s the fifth-largest urban area within the country of Columbia with a thriving economy and an ever-growing tourism industry. Cartagena’s historical significance lies within its role in the expansion of the Spanish colonization of South America. Today, the walled city and fortress are considered UNESCO Historical Heritage Sites. And there’s a ton to do in this coastal dwelling. From diving deep into its historic past to exploring the natural scenery around the city, you’re bound to find a ton of activities to dip your toes into. There are beaches, high-rise buildings with roof-top pools, pumping nightlife, and more. It’s not a city you want to miss when visiting or living in Colombia.

Where to live in Cartagena

Most travelers and tourists alike opt to stay close to the beach and the historic area of the city. This is where most activities, tours, and restaurants are located, which means you can get the most out of each and every day spent in Cartagena - without worrying too much about traveling across town or safety. However, if you do want to travel a little farther within the city, taxis are your best option. (From the airport to the central tourist area, a taxi will cost you only $10.)

Best Neighborhoods in Cartagena

Generally, Cartagena has three main neighborhoods that cater to digital nomads; Bocagrande, The Old City (also known as Ciudad Amurallada), and Getsemani. Within these neighborhoods, you’ll find upper-class citizens and tourists, making them relatively safe and accessible when it comes to walking to restaurants, gyms, or coffee shops. There’s also plenty of accommodations to choose from in these areas, as well as easy and safe ways to get around. Since the city of Cartagena is smaller than Medellin or Bogota, it’s also generally easier to navigate either way. However, like anywhere across South America, you want to ensure you stay in a safe and convenient neighbourhood, which is exactly what these three places offer.

Amazing Apartments, Coliving Spaces and More

We've been rounded up the best housing options in Cartagena. All are available on flexible terms, so you can stay one month or as long as you want

Casa Almendros

Cartagena

Casa Tamarindo

Cartagena

Casa Maria Mulata

Cartagena

Quick Facts About Cartagena

Cartagena is a walkable city full of tons of fun in the sun. Sprawled across just over 600 square kilometers, this city is well-known for its rich history, modern skyscrapers, and vibrant culture. Here are some more quick facts you should know before you move to Cartagena that might make living there that much better:
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Work in Cartagena

While finding work in Cartagena (and Colombia in general) can prove to be quite tough, Colombia is an ideal spot for digital nomads and expats. The country is very business-friendly, offering co-working spaces and various coffee shops to work from. Some of the top industries for hiring include the tourist industry, where speaking English is a huge asset. However, working within a Colombia industry won’t necessarily bring home the bank. The average minimum wage offers only about $260 per month.

How good is Cartagena for Digital Nomads or Remote Work

Remote work is changing how the global workspace operates. In a trend that is showing no signs of slowing down, remote work is rapidly on the increase all around the world—especially in a place like Cartagena. And about 25% of remote workers describe themselves as digital nomads—those who like to travel or stay in cities around the world while they work. So, how good is Cartagena for both of these growing movements?

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Food and Drink in Cartagena

Food and drinks in Cartagena are very affordable, with one meal costing less than $10. And of course, there are many local dishes you’ll want to try! A fried fish plate takes the top spot. You can often get these along the beach or at any restaurant. Usually served with coconut rice and patties, this dish will definitely quench your taste buds for many hours! Cazuela is another local dish in Cartagena. It’s a seafood stew mixed with shrimp, calamari, and clams, all cooked together in coconut milk. These two dishes are not to be missed. For great drinks, check out bars and restaurants like El Baron or Absenta Bistro Bar. Along with these hot spots and these must-try dishes, you can’t go wrong with street food. It’s local, tasty, and everything you’d want in a snack or quick lunch as you explore everything this colonial city has to offer.

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Top 6 Things To Do in Cartagena

Cartagena is ideal for those that love the beach and natural scenery, along with a few historical vibes. There is a ton to do for almost anyone. Relax on the beach. Explore the fort and vast wall surrounding the historic sector. Learn to scuba dive or take a snorkeling trip in the afternoon. Check out the wonders of the Mud Volcano and bath and heal through the soothing minerals it provides. There are endless adventures to be had, and they are all waiting for you!

Museo Del Cacao (Choco Museo)

Carrera 7#36-145, Provincia de Cartagena

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Walled City

Cl. 36 #6-106, Provincia de Cartagena

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City Sightseeing Cartagena

Cra. 2 ##6-60, Provincia de Cartagena

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PLAZA OF CUSTOMS

Plaza de la aduana, Provincia de Cartagena

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Casa Museo Rafael Núñez

Cra. 2 #41-89, Provincia de Cartagena

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Bolivar Plaza

Cartagena Province

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